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Windows PowerShell for Developers 1st Edition

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Enhance your productivity and enable rapid application development

About the Author

Doug Finke, a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for PowerShell, is a software developer at Lab49, a company that builds advanced applications for the financial service industry. For the last 20 years, Doug has been a developer and author working with numerous technologies. You can catch up with Doug at his blog Development in a Blink at http://dougfinke.com/blog/.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (July 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449322700
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449322700
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #540,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Wishing to learn PowerShell, I got myself

"Windows PowerShell for Developers" by Finke, 2012, $19
"Windows PowerShell in Action" by Payette, 2011, $31
"Windows PowerShell Cookbook" by Holmes, 2010, $25
"Pro Windows PowerShell" by Deshev, 2008, $12
"Essential PowerShell" by Schwichtenberg, 2008, $20

(I skipped the books authored or co-authored by Richard Siddaway due to their administrator orientation. This said, "PowerShell in Practice" has a chapter on working with SQL Server - nice).

After reviewing these, my impression is that

1. None of the books is "sufficient".
2. Only Payette's and, for intermediate users, Deshev's, qualify as "PowerShell textbooks".
3. Such "textbooks" do not give enough examples, making Holmes's tome a must-have. (And that isn't great: many of Holmes's recipes are for administrators, so are dead weight for non-administrators; on the other hand, for administrators, Siddaway's books are a must-have, but those may not cover everything).

Evaluating the book's incremental value over a Deshev/Payette-and-Holmes combination, I highlight its two chapters on Microsoft Roslyn technologies and "little languages", but consider it optional for the mainstream reader. (Nice bits that I picked up in the book include links to third-party PowerShell IDEs and PowerShell community resources, and ability to run PowerShell commands from C# via System.Management.Automation.PowerShell). The book is a little expensive for its page count, and I suspect that this is a "version 3 premium" - note, however, that a new edition of Holmes's book, updated for PowerShell v. 3, is coming out in January.

PS. I can't help noticing that the last two paragraphs on page 114 repeat text found on MSDN pages - is this alright?
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By P. Huffman on September 19, 2012
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Good little book on PowerShell, but it has no index. I consider this a fatal flaw for a reference book.
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This is the next book you should read after reading the Windows PowerShell in Action book from Bruce Payette. Even me, being more a IT professional than a Developer, learned many new things about how to use PowerShell more effectively.
I will definitely use things I learned reading this book during the PowerShell classes I teach. Now I can finally address all the questions developers have when attending my PowerShell classes.
One of the most interesting Chapters of the PowerShell for Developers book was about writing little languages in PowerShell. Doug does an excellent way, explaining how we can use PowerShell to write our own domain-specific languages. And if you are a "hard-core" developer Doug shows many great examples to speed up your development time and save money. Buy this book and you will not be disappointed.

Stefan Stranger
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This book is meant for anyone who wants to know more about PowerShell, however this book is not a beginner's guide. It is recommended that the target audience for this book to be experienced developers or IT professionals.

The first chapter of the book gives a brief introduction to PowerShell and gives you an overview of what PowerShell is and why we would use it. From that point on, the chapters cover a variety of different subjects such as imbedding PowerShell into C# apps, building GUIs, writing little languages in PowerShell, and many more. The first two chapters of the book are an introduction and then from chapter three and beyond you jump right into the fun.

The author's writing style is clear, informative, and mature. I was able to navigate through the book from start to finish with ease. The sample codes are easy to read and identify. The book gives you a link to their website to give you the option to download all the sample codes in the book. In my opinion, typing the sample code as you go along with the book is the best way to learn.

The only issue I had with the book was that it did not include an index. Not having an index makes it hard to use the book as a reference book. This book is definitely a must if you want to learn more about PowerShell.
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I was hoping for a Powershell reference, almost like a developers dictionary of Powershell. This is more like a text book. It's a good learning tool and is packed with excellent info. I think it's value doesn't fully materialize until you take the time to read it and do some "homework."
At first I was frustrated with the slow pace. As with Powershell itself, the book seems overly complicated until you make that initial investment of dedicated learning time. Then suddenly, without realizing it, you're over that steep learning curve and you find you've skipped crawling , walking and running as you suddenly take flight.

Overall, I'm very happy with this purchase, but I didn't start out that way. Invest the time and your returns will be worth more than you may have expected.
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It is not often that a technical book makes you rethink how you think. Doug Finke (a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional) has achieved just that with this concise PowerShell reference.

He starts out our journey describing PowerShell as a glue language that is as programmable as Perl, Python and Ruby and takes its cues from Unix Shells. The next few steps describe getting started, and include a brief tour. He then shifts into high gear as we learn about template engines, adding PowerShell to our GUI apps and creating graphical applications within PowerShell.

The chapter on "Writing Little Languages in PowerShell" was a welcome paradigm shift for me. Having virtually no experience with Domain Specific Languages (DSL), it was a fun ride as Doug demonstrated how to create a better XML and a creating a DSL using Graphviz. The lessons in this chapter alone were worth the price of the book.

He completes our tour with coverage of integration with COM (Component Object Model - specifically Microsoft Excel) and some of highlights of PowerShell V3 (Workflows, JSON).

This was an enjoyable invigorating read; in fact, I went through it multiple times. I appreciate the developer-centric perspective that Doug displayed throughout the text.

Whether you are a seasoned developer or a weekend hacker, if you have any interest in PowerShell, I encourage you to pick up "Windows PowerShell for Developers".
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